How To Take Out Contact Lenses

How To Take Out Contact Lenses

How to take out contact lenses

Once you get the hang of it, putting in and taking out contact lenses is easy. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you navigate any first-time fears or to refresh your memory if you haven’t worn contact lenses in a while.

Taking contact lenses out

  1. Make sure you have everything you need to hand: antibacterial soap, solution, mirror (in a well-lit area) and a clean, lint-free towel. If you use reusable lenses, such as monthly contact lenses, make sure your lens case is within reaching distance too
  2. As you did when you put your contact lenses in, you need to wash your hands with antibacterial soap and dry your hands thoroughly with a lint-free towel
  3. Position yourself in front of your mirror and check that the contact lens is still in place over the coloured part of your eye
  4. Using your index finger lift your upper lid and hold it in place
  5. Using the middle finger of the other hand pull the lower lid down
  6. Place your free index finger onto the contact lens and slide the lens down to the white of your eyes and gently pinch it out of the eye
  7. If you use daily disposables, simply throw your used contact lenses in the bin
  8. If you use reusable contacts, add a couple of drops of lens solution to your lens and clean it. Don’t use tap water as it contains bacteria that can infect the eye. Then place your lenses back into the case. (For more information on how to care for your contact lenses, click here)
  9. Do the same for the other eye
  10. Grab your glasses and you’re good to go!

If you’re still finding it a struggle, you can call your nearest store and book a free contact lens assessment. Our experienced team can guide you through the process.  


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